(Periodical indexes offer you citation access to articles in periodicals. Some of these citations link to full text, while others do not, and will require you to find the paper journal to see the article itself.)
NOTE: While there are no indexes available exclusively for photography, the following general art indexes include articles on photography.
* Art & Architecture Source. (EBSCO:Online vendor: 1937 to date)
Description: Provides indexing and abstracts for academic journals, magazines and trade publications with full text for some, as well as selective coverage for a number of other publications.
ARTBibliographies Modern (ABM). (Proquest: Online vendor: 1974 to date)
Description: Index to literature on 19th and 20th century art. (Identified online as CSA Illumina: Artbibliographies Modern)
*International Bibliography of Art (IBA). (Proquest: Online vendor)
Description: Database of citations to articles and books in western art beginning in 2008 to present. IBA covers European art from late antiquity to the present, American art from the colonial era to the present, and global art since 1945.
NOTE: The two below are big consolidated multi-index all-discipline databases, which include art indexes, technical science indexes and many others.
EbscoHost Research Database (Online: can be used as Ebsco-only Federated Search Engine: Find by typing "EBSCOHost in CLIO.)
When you get into this database, over 80 indexes that EBSCO offers are available to search simultaneously. Confusingly, the first of all of the databases (Abstracts in Social Gerontology) appears as if that is all you are searching, but you are in fact, searching all of their indexes. If you get too many results from your search, you might want to select your indexes. Click on “Choose Databases.” An alphabetically arranged list of indexes appears. Deselect them all, and then choose those that would make sense for your topic.
Proquest.(Online: can be used as a Proquest-only Federated Search Engine: Find by typing "Proquest" in CLIO.)
When you get into this database, over 80 of the indexes Proquest offers are available to search simultaneously. If you get too many results from your search, you might want to select your indexes. Click on “# Databases” that is to the right of the word “searching" at the top left of the screen. An alphabetically arranged list of indexes appears. Unselect them all, and then choose those that would make sense for your topic.
NOTE: Here are two older printed periodical indexes exclusively devoted to photography:
International photography index. (1979-1981) (Boston : G.K. Hall) Avery NH2 In4
An index to articles on photography, 1977. (Rochester, NY : Visual Studies Workshop) Avery Offsite NH60 Ain2
Care and Identification of Nineteenth-Century Photographic Prints / James M. Reilly. 116 p. (1986). (Rochester, N.Y. : Eastman Kodak Co.) Avery NH445 R27 & RareBook Ref. REF NH470 .R44
Picture research: a practical guide / John Schultz, Barbara Schultz. 326 p. (1991) (N.Y. : Van Nostrand Reinhold) Avery NH20 Sch82
Picture researcher's handbook : an international guide to picture sources and how to use them / Hilary Evans. 616 p. (2001) (London : Pira International) Avery N50 Ev1511.
The printed picture / Richard Benson. 338 p. (2008) (New York : Museum of Modern Art) Avery Fine Arts NH60 B44.
Scenes in a Library: Reading the Photograph in the Book, 1843-1875 / Carol Armstrong. 511 p. (1998). (Cambridge, Mass : MIT Pr.) Avery NH72 Ar56 and online via CLIO.
Encyclopedia of nineteenth-century photography / John Hannavy. 2 vol. (2008) (N.Y. : Taylor & Francis)
Avery Reference NH15 En18
Encyclopedia of twentieth-century photography / Lynne Warren. 3 vols. (2005) (N.Y. : Routledge)
Avery Reference NH15 En19
Encyclopédie internationale des photographes = Photographers encyclopaedia international: index / Michèle Auer and Michel Auer. n.p (1992) (Paris : Camera obscura) Avery NH30 Au343
The Focal encyclopedia of photography : digital imaging, theory and applications, history, and science / Michael R. Peres. 846 p. + 1 CD-ROM (2007) (Boston : Elsevier/Focal Pr.) Avery Reference TR9 .F6 2007g
The Oxford companion to the photograph [Subscription based electronic resource AND print edition] / Robin Lenman. 769 p. (2005) (N.Y. : Oxford University Pr.) Avery NH15 Ox23
Photographers encyclopaedia international / Michel Auer, Michèle Auer. 1 CD-ROM, 1997. (Neuchâtel : Ides et Calendes) Avery CD-ROM NH30 Au341
Photographers' identities catalog (PIC) / David Lowe, New York Public Library.
An experimental interface to a collection of biographical data describing photographers, studios, manufacturers, and others involved in the production of photographic images. Consisting of names, nationalities, dates, locations and more, PIC is a vast and growing resource for the historian, student, genealogist, or any lover of photography's history. The information has been culled from trusted biographical dictionaries, catalogs and databases, and from extensive original research by NYPL Photography Collection staff.
NOTE: This is a sample of titles which can be found at Columbia University Libraries
To find others search in CLIO by the subject terms:
“photograph collections” directories
“photograph collections” catalogs
A guide to print, photograph, architecture & ephemera collections the New-York Historical Society/ Helena Zinkham. 175 p. (1988) (N.Y. : The New York Historical Society) Avery Fine Arts N1000 N4N42 Z67.
International photography: George Eastman House index to photographers, collections, and exhibitions / Andrew H. Eskind, Greg Drakd, Kirsti Ringger, Lynne Rumney. 3 vol. 1998. (Rochester, NY : International Museum of Photography; N.Y. : G.K. Hall. Avery Reference NH21 In2311
Photographs : George Eastman House, Rochester, NY / William S Johnson, Mark Rice, Carla Williams under the auspices of George Eastman House. 766 p. (1999). Avery NH420 G29
PhotoSpeak : a guide to the ideas, movements, and techniques of photography, 1839 to the present / Gilles Mora. 215 p. (1998) (N.Y. : Abbeville Pr.) Avery NH15 M79
USA photography guide 3 / Bill Jay, Pat Evans. 158 p. (1999) (Tucson, AZ : Nazraeli Pr.)
Avery Reference NH21 Us13